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SEOULSouth Korea (South Korea) ask for help Qatar to secure the release of the ship and its crew detained by Iran . The request was conveyed by a Seoul official visiting Doha.

First Deputy Foreign Minister of South Korea, Choi Jong-kun visited Doha yesterday. During the visit, he met with a number of high-ranking Qatari officials.

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Jong-kun met with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. He also met with Qatari Foreign Minister Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi.

“He asked for the maximum possible support from the Qatari side to resolve this issue,” the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement, as reported by Anadolu Agency on Thursday (14/1/2021).

Before visiting Qatar, Jong-kun first made a visit to Iran. The visit was intended to speed up the process of releasing the ship.

As is known, the South Korean-flagged oil tanker with a crew of 20, including five South Korean citizens, was captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf on January 4.

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Iranian authorities claim the ship, which was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol to South Korea from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubail port, violated environmental protocol and was polluting the sea.

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